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Succasunna, New Jersey
Location in Morris County and the state of New Jersey.
Location in Morris County and the state of New Jersey.
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Morris
Township Roxbury
 • Total 5.187 sq mi (13.435 km2)
 • Land 5.128 sq mi (13.282 km2)
 • Water 0.059 sq mi (0.153 km2)  1.14%
751 ft (229 m)
 • Total 9,152
 • Density 1,784.6/sq mi (689.0/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (Eastern (EDT))
FIPS code 3471370
GNIS feature ID 02584032

Succasunna is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) located within Roxbury Township, in Morris County, New Jersey, United States, serving as its downtown and population center, having a population of 9,152 people as of the 2010 United States Census.


The name of Succasunna comes from the Lenni-Lenape Native American word for "land of black stones", most likely due to the rich iron-ore deposits in the area. The community was established circa 1740.

The Morris Canal, although not in use today, was an important transportation link in the iron industry around Succasunna, carrying coal to iron-ore producing areas all over northern New Jersey. The canal was abandoned in 1924 and largely dismantled.

Succasunna is the site of the world's first public electronic switching telephone exchange. The Western Electric model 1ESS system was cut over for service on the New Jersey Bell 584 central office on May 30, 1965. A commemorative plaque on the wall of the central office building notes this historic event.

U.S. Route 46 and Route 10 pass through the area. The Morristown and Erie Railway runs rail freight service through the area 2-5 times per week on its High Bridge Branch.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP had a total area of 5.187 square miles (13.435 km2), including 5.128 square miles (13.282 km2) of land and 0.059 square miles (0.153 km2) of water (1.14%).


Historical population
Census Pop.
2010 9,152
Population sources: 2010

Succasunna was part of the Succasunna-Kenvil CDP in the 2000 United States Census, which counted the combined population of Succasunna and Kenvil as 12,569. For the 2010 Census, the area was split into two CDPs, Succasunna, with a population of 9,152, and Kenvil with 3,009 people.

Census 2010

As of the census of 2010, there were 9,152 people, 3,110 households, and 2,650 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,784.6 per square mile (689.0/km2). There were 3,163 housing units at an average density of 616.8 per square mile (238.1/km2)*. The racial makeup of the CDP was 91.40% (8,365) White, 1.48% (135) Black or African American, 0.04% (4) Native American, 4.91% (449) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 0.79% (72) from other races, and 1.39% (127) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.86% (536) of the population.

There were 3,110 households out of which 38.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 75.2% were married couples living together, 7.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 14.8% were non-families. 12.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.94 and the average family size was 3.20.

In the CDP, the population was spread out with 24.9% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 20.7% from 25 to 44, 35.3% from 45 to 64, and 12.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43.5 years. For every 100 females there were 98.2 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 93.5 males.


As part of Roxbury Township, residents of Succasunna are served by the Roxbury School District.

Established in 1963, St. Therese School is a Catholic school located in the community, operated under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson.

Notable people

People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Succasunna include:

  • Harry "A" Chesler (born 1898), comic book entrepreneur, publisher and packager
  • Philemon Dickerson (1788-1862), 12th Governor of New Jersey
  • Leo Warren Jenkins (1913–1989), educator who served as the sixth president and chancellor of what is now East Carolina University.
  • Doug Miller (born 1969), soccer player and coach
  • Paige Monaghan (born 1996), professional soccer player who currently plays for Sky Blue FC of the National Women's Soccer League.

Person-L and Joel Soul (born 1998) - Soul Rebels who stand up for their rights and convey this through music.

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